The Association for Rural & Small Libraries

The Voice of Rural & Small Libraries

Our Mission: ARSL builds strong communities through advocacy, professional development, and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries.

The Benefits of Membership

ARSL proudly supports and represents rural & small library staff. We welcome library staff of all kinds, partners, and ally organizations to learn more about ARSL membership. 

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ARSL Annual Conference

ARSL's annual conference is the premiere conference for rural and small library professionals, advocates, and supporters. Mark your calendars for 2022 to join us in exciting, eclectic Chattanooga, TN September 14 - 17!

ARSL Conference Page

Shop the ARSL Store!

The wait is finally over - the new YEAR-ROUND ARSL Store is open for business! This shop features official ARSL-branded merchandise, as well as our 2022 Conference and Retro Conference gear.

In addition to the traditional tee shirts and sweatshirts the ARSL Store will offer branded stationery items, drinkware, and accessories to let you show your ARSL spirit all year round. Consider adding some ARSL swag to employee recognitions, Trustee gifts, and retirement baskets!

Shop the Store



2023 Board of Directors Election

Voting for the 2023 ARSL Board of Directors Election is open through September 8, 2022. Only active ARSL members in good standing are eligible to cast a ballot in the Board election.

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#ARSL2022 Conference

Our conference theme is "Connecting at the Crossroads: On Track to Real Change." Our paths will converge this fall in Chattanooga, a city situated at the crossroads of highways, historic railroads, and the Tennessee River. Looking back at where we’ve come from, we will lay tracks toward where we want to be. We’ll ask ourselves who we are, what we value, and what changes small and large we can bring back to our libraries. Together, we can work toward change that is real, sustainable, and equitable.

Registration rates, conference hotels, and more can be found on the 2022 conference website.


Registration for #ARSL2022

Advance registration for the in-person conference is now closed; on-site registration will be available for in-person attendees who missed the advance registration deadline. Virtual attendance registration will remain open online through September 17. Visit our Registration Information page for more details.

Register to Attend #ARSL2022
Purchase Guest Tickets for Meals & Events

Call for Sponsors & Exhibitors

We want YOU at #ARSL2022! 

The 2022 ARSL Conference will bring together library professionals from rural and small libraries across the nation for a conference packed full of professional development opportunities and exciting networking events.

We look forward to continuing our successful hybrid event model for 2022. We will be able to bring the ARSL community together again in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and we’ll also be able to reach those who are unable to travel via virtual access.

View the S&E Prospectus
Register as a Sponsor, Exhibitor, or Advertiser


Important Dates


  • June 14, 2022: Early Bird In-Person Registration opens; Virtual Registration opens
  • July 26, 2022: Early Bird In-Person Registration closes; Regular In-Person Registration opens
  • September 7, 2022: Advance In-Person Registration closes
  • September 14-17, 2022: On-Site In-Person Registration Available
  • September 17, 2022: Virtual Registration closes

Conference Hotels

  • February 15, 2022: Booking opens for all conference hotels
  • August 16, 2022: Booking deadline for all conference hotels

Session Proposals

  • March 1, 2022: Conference session RFP opens
  • April 12, 2022: Conference session RFP closes

Conference Scholarships

  • April 5, 2022: Scholarship applications open
  • May 3, 2022: Scholarship applications close
  • June 7, 2022: Scholarship recipients announced

ARSL Statement on Anti-Racism

Because Black lives matter and library professionals can be agents of change in rural and small communities across the nation, ARSL urges our members to stand up and speak out to end systemic oppression and police brutality. The ARSL Board of Directors is in active discussion about how we will commit to anti-racist work within our association.

Silence is compliance.

ARSL Access to Information Statement

The ARSL Access to Information Statement was developed by the Advocacy Committee and approved by the Board following multiple member requests to provide a tool for defending against the increase in materials challenges and other intellectual freedom assaults. This statement can be used alongside any local, state, or national position statements already utilized by your library to reinforce your organization's commitment to the tenets of intellectual freedom.

Read the Full Statement

ARSL Statement of Support for Libraries in Ukraine

In the face of increasing hostility and escalating military action in Ukraine the ARSL Board of Directors has issued a statement of support of those impacted by the war. Included in that statement is a call to action to aid our colleagues working in the many rural and small libraries of Ukraine to ensure the spread of accurate information regarding the conflict as a means to support democracy and freedom of expression.

Read the Full Statement